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February 25, 2015 Updates
February 24, 2015 Updates

“Heading into the All-Star break, we didn’t love the vibe around our team,” McDonough said. “I feel like there was a little more selfishness than there was last year. I think there’s some guys probably more concerned about their stats or individual contract status than team success. That’s one thing we’re trying to do here. We’re trying to build a culture, trying to find the core guys, the key guys to build around. I feel like we’re getting closer.’’ “Sometimes the players look at it and the agents look at it and say ‘What’s best for my client?’ As a player, ‘What benefits me the most?’ That was a bit disappointing. [The three-guard offense] certainly didn’t succeed. It certainly didn’t fail but we’re fine with that.” Boston Globe

The Suns are 2½ games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot with a Thursday home matchup with the Thunder, in what could be considered the most important game of the season. The upheaval has to subside soon for Phoenix to fulfill expectations. “We just have to start winning,” McDonough said. “Despite all the changes and the turmoil, we’re two games out of the eighth spot right now. We’re going to see what we can do. Since we made the moves, the vibe around our team is better. The players have more energy. I feel good about our direction.” Boston Globe

February 23, 2015 Updates
February 21, 2015 Updates

Goran Dragic, who wanted a trade out of Phoenix, said he was thrilled to be in Miami. "They won three championship rings," he said, "and everyone wants to play for a championship team." Miami got the Dragics — Goran being a third-team All-NBA point guard last season, Zoran a rookie shooting guard — in what became a seven-player, three-team trade on Thursday. USA Today Sports

In Utah, Kanter felt he wasn't receiving enough playing time, so he demanded a trade. In Oklahoma, Jackson felt his role diminished by the acquisition of Dion Waiters. Jackson longed to be a starter, in any case, with a paycheck to match. And in Phoenix, Dragic was simply unhappy. "When people don't want to be there, they can't produce," the team executive said. "If they didn't trade [Dragic], he wouldn't have played well for them." Bleacher Report

February 20, 2015 Updates

Lon Babby, team president of basketball operations, called the remarks "unfair and I think unwarranted." "It has always been my view that I will operate at the highest level of professionalism and integrity and the people that work with me will operate in the same fashion," Babby said, "and I'm confident that we do that." USA Today Sports

McDonough said he never saw the reported list of Dragic's preferred destinations. "Maybe it was written in vanishing ink," McDonough said. "I guess my perspective is it wasn't worth the paper it wasn't written on. ... Once he told us he didn't want to be here and the manner in which he and his agent handled the situation, we really didn't care if there was a list or not." USA Today Sports

He called Knight "the best player in the trade coming or going" and ,of criticism that the Suns traded their best player, McDonough said, "My response would be that Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris still are in Phoenix Suns uniforms." Knight, McDonough said, has excellent character and "has excelled in everything he has done his entire life." "He's one of the top 3-point shooters in the league," McDonough said. "He's a big-game player. He's a late-game player. He's a game closer." USA Today Sports

February 19, 2015 Updates

Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced today that they have acquired brothers Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns in part of a three-team trade involving the New Orleans Pelicans. Phoenix received Danny Granger and two future first round draft picks from Miami and John Salmons from New Orleans while the Pelicans received Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams from the HEAT. NBA.com

The Phoenix Suns today completed a deal to acquire two future first-round draft picks from the Miami Heat. The Suns also received forward/guard Danny Granger from Miami and forward John Salmons, who will be waived, from the New Orleans Pelicans in the three-team trade. As part of the deal, the Suns send guards Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic to the Heat and the Pelicans receive guard Norris Cole, center Justin Hamilton and forward Shawne Williams from Miami. The Suns received Miami’s 2017 first-round pick (protected to seven) and Miami’s unprotected 2021 first-round pick as part of the deal. NBA.com

“We are incredibly pleased to take another step in getting the Miami HEAT back to real championship prominence with the acquisition of Goran Dragic,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “Goran is an All-NBA player, including the Most Improved Player last season, and we felt that once he became available, we would do all that we could to acquire him. We feel he is the perfect complement to the players we have on the team. We are also pleased to bring his brother, Zoran, into the HEAT family. He had a great summer during international play and it’s great to have a brother-brother duo and someone that can help us in our rotation.” NBA.com

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